Now this is our kind of hot rod! Shoving a huge 12V-71 Detroit Diesel engine in the front of an old Johen Deere tractor for the purposes of tractor pulling is logic that we’ll get behind all day long and twice on Sunday. You will to after watching this big burly animal scream and yell its way down the pulling course with the weight sled helpless to do anything to stop it. With massive rear tires and a tall set of chome stacks directing the copious amounts of soot away from the driver, this tractor not only sounds the business but it looks it, too. The roll cage is kind of the icing on the cake and when you see what kind of snot this tractor has you’ll understand why it is there.
If we had to guess what this whole package weighed we’d say somewhere around 15,000lbs. All that girth sure seems to help those big rear tires dig into the course and shove this tractor along with seeming ease. In the video you will see two hooks both taken from different angles so you get the full experience. We (of course) like the sounds of the 12-cylinder engine working away through the straight pipes. Now, notice that this is NOT a turbocharged Detroit. We think that this engine was rated for about 450hp as it sits and the torque number is into the four digits by a bunch. We do not know what the transmission is in this beast but you can see the driver moving some levers and stuff around getting himself all ready at the start. Once he starts to lay the lumber to the big engine, it just walks on down the line.
As Jeremy Clarkson would say watching all those beautiful “torques” at work is something else. Press play, crank the speakers and watch this mean, green, screamer handle its business.